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Starkville Police Department realigned

Posted 8/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department has some familiar faces in new roles following a recent department realignment. On Aug. 5, SPD had 15 members of its staff change job responsibilities or assignments.

 

The race for retail: Various retailers, restaurants locating in Columbus

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has seen a flurry of retail activity, and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link says there is more to come. There have been several inquiries, and letters of intent signed, but the Link is keeping the projects hush until the companies either give the Link the green light to publicize them or release the openings themselves.

Wicker: U.S. debt 'Troubling,' 'astonishing'

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus Kiwanis Club received a surprise when they showed up for the group's weekly meeting at the Columbus Country Club: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., gave them a pop quiz on their knowledge of federal spending and the national debt.

 

Jury: Lowndes County did not discriminate against road department superintendent

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal court jury Wednesday found that Lowndes County did not wrongfully terminate former road department superintendent Howard Smart because of his race.

 

Baptist behavioral health facility set to open by January

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As director of behavioral health at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, David Johnson has noticed a growing trend: More people struggling with the highs and lows of bipolar disorder; more people weighed down by economic woes, job stress and the resulting depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings; more people seeking escape through alcohol and painkillers; more people needing greater help with every passing day.

 

Arrest Report 8-18-11

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported the following felony arrests:

 

 

Line by line: Columbus dissects budget

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council spent much of their budget meeting Tuesday scrutinizing the police department, in an attempt to make a dent in the $1.58 million they needed to cut to balance the city's budget.

 

Man recovering after brick attack

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man is in the Tupelo hospital after being hit in the head with a brick Tuesday night.

 

Budget meetings scheduled for Columbus City Council

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is holding budget workshops today and Thursday, as board members continue to work out the particulars on the $22.55 million budget.

 

 

Trash-pickup rates increase in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beginning Oct. 1, Columbus residents will pay a dollar more for trash pickup. The City Council Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to increase Columbus Light and Water customers' monthly garbage fees from $14 to $15.

 

City of Columbus moves forward with annexation

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved final adoption of an ordinance adopting new city limits, Tuesday night. Adoption of the ordinance is the first step toward annexation.

 

McQueen solicits churches' help in crime prevention

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Can the church bridge the gap between lawbreakers and law enforcement? "We'll find out," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said, Tuesday afternoon.

 

Service Dawgs give back to community

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteerism continues to spread throughout the area. Through the Mississippi State University program 2011 Service Dawgs, more than 300 students fanned out Tuesday to 23 different sites in the Golden Triangle to donate time and service to local organizations.

 

Bowling gets 25 years in molestation case

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A high school football coach who spent a long career working in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 25 years in a child molestation case involving teenage boys.

 

 

Website explains the details of Starkville municipal plan

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To help paint the picture of Starkville's municipal master plan, the city launched a website Tuesday to answer citizen inquiries.

 

 

Aldermen pass $16.26M budget in split vote

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's fiscal year 2012 budget was adopted Tuesday night with no new opposition from citizens or board members. The $16.26 million budget, which went through its second public hearing in two weeks, passed with a 3-2 vote; Aldermen Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn voted against it; Aldermen Ben Carver and Richard Corey were not present at the time of the vote.

 

Columbus, Lowndes seek funding for Soccer-park bridge

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus and Lowndes County are closer to securing funding for a bridge to connect the Columbus Riverwalk to a downtown soccer complex, currently under construction.

 

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